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‘Crystal ball’ for disease? Genetic tests could predict risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer

Leo Sugrue, Rahul Desikan | 
If a crystal ball could reveal your personal risk for developing heart disease or breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease, would ...
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Treating OCD and other anxiety disorders with brief, intensive therapy

Claudia Wallis | 
For nearly 20 years [Thomas] Ollendick has been testing briefer, more intensive forms of [cognitive-behavioral therapy] for childhood anxiety disorders ...
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Restoring sense of smell with a brain implant

Karen Weintraub | 
After a concussion left [Scott] Moorehead without a sense of smell six years ago, these losses were all he could ...
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‘Glioblastoma-on-a-chip’ could boost efforts to treat deadliest human cancer

Bret Stetka | 
The most common form of malignant brain cancer—called a glioblastoma—is notoriously wily and considered the deadliest human cancer. … [R]esearchers ...
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Why we need to get better at analyzing all of that disease data we’ve been collecting

Sara Del Valle | 
Our ability to collect data far outpaces our ability to fully utilize it—yet those data may hold the key to ...
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Can ‘flashing light and pulsing sounds’ counter the effects of Alzheimer’s?

Angus Chen | 
Bathing patients in flashing light and pulsing sounds both tuned to a frequency of 40 hertz might reverse key signs ...
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Conservation genomics: Better understanding of DNA could save some species from extinction

Jonas Korlach | 
Disease, predators and shrinking habitats led to a complete loss of Hawaii’s only remaining lineage of the crow family, the ...
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Vulnerability to mental illness may have given humans an evolutionary advantage

Dana Smith | 
Nearly one in five Americans currently suffers from a mental illness, and roughly half of us will be diagnosed with ...
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Can adult brains grow new neurons? New study says yes.

Karen Weintraub | 
If the memory center of the human brain can grow new cells, it might help people recover from depression and ...
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New Alzheimer’s theory: Could be the result of an infection by ‘viruses, bacteria and fungi’

Kenneth Shinozuka | 
[I]n some places, Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of death, and the number of Alzheimer’s patients is expected to triple by 2050. However, ...
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Do Roundup Ready GMO crops harm Monarch butterflies? Ecologists weigh in as new data comes to light

Jim Daley | 
Monarch butterfly populations have been declining since the 1990s, and several studies have linked this to the proliferation of crops ...
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Insomnia linked to neuropsychiatric disorders rather than ‘sleep regulation’, genetic studies show

Simon Makin | 
[T]wo studies published [March 11] in Nature Genetics provide first peeks at the biological basis of insomnia, implicating specific brain regions and ...
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Why people with ADHD may be more creative

Holly White | 
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is typically described by the problems it presents. It is known as a neurological disorder, marked by ...
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Is it easier to get cancer than previously thought?

Miguel Coelho | 
[C]ancer might arise more easily than previously thought. By doing experiments on both yeast cells and on human cells in ...
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‘Forest fire’ in the brain: How inflammation may spark Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Karen Weintraub | 
[B]oth Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may be the results of neuroinflammation—in which the brain’s immune system has gotten out of whack ...
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Inside the quest to use gene therapy to cure a form of congenital blindness

Jean Bennett, Katherine High | 
[I]nherited retinal disease affects thousands of people around the world—people who are born with poor vision and then slowly lose ...
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Creating rare marijuana compounds with GM yeast could lead to a ‘blockbuster drug or two’

Sophie Bushwick | 
[Genetically modified brewer’s yeast] is churning out cannabinoids, the compounds found in marijuana. Researchers led by Jay Keasling, a professor ...
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Autism or OCD? Why it can be challenging to tell the difference

Daisy Yuhas | 
At first glance, autism and OCD appear to have little in common. Yet clinicians and researchers have found an overlap ...
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Do these fossilized ‘tracks’ mean life gained mobility 600 million years earlier than we thought?

Jim Daley | 
On February 11, Abderrazak El Albani, a sedimentologist at the University of Poitiers in France, published a study in Proceedings of the National ...
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Do you crave sweets when you’re stressed? Blame it on your brain

Achim Peters | 
Although our brain accounts for just 2 percent of our body weight, the organ consumes half of our daily carbohydrate ...
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‘Morally appropriate’? Entomologists question effort to eradicate disease-causing tsetse fly in Africa

Richard Conniff | 
Sleeping sickness (or trypanosomiasis), endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, is a horribly debilitating disease. … [Why not] end sleeping sickness by ...
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Gene from controversial CRISPR baby experiment could deliver new stroke treatment

Karen Weintraub | 
A widely criticized experiment last year saw a researcher in China delete a gene in twin girls at the embryonic ...
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Nearly half of major depression episodes could be prevented, studies show

Ricardo Muñoz | 
While there are many effective treatments for depression, including medications and psychological therapies, the rate of depression is not going ...
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Could this fossilized footprint belong to one of the last Neanderthals ‘ever to walk the Earth’?

Kate Wong | 
Researchers have discovered an array of fossilized footprints in an ancient sand dune in Gibraltar, the small British territory on ...
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Artificial intelligence could have a future diagnosing sick children, study says

Emily Willingham | 
With the money and time that visits to the ER and urgent care soak up, the chance to revisit old-fashioned ...
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Podcast: Celebrating Charles Darwin’s 210th birthday

John Rennie, Richard Milner | 
[February 12 was] Darwin Day. Charles Darwin was born 210 years ago … . Ten years ago I went to a ...
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Pew survey exposes Americans’ complicated views on evolution and religion

David Masci, Cary Funk, Greg Smith | 
Most biologists and other scientists contend that evolutionary theory convincingly explains the origins and development of life on Earth. So ...
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‘Unsettling’ news: Alzheimer’s could be transmissible

Jennifer Frazer | 
[A] new paper appeared in Nature that seemed to take the evidence for the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s peptides from “circumstantial” to ...